Idol as Accidental Activist: Agnes Chan, Feminism, and Motherhood in Japan

  • Alexandra Hambleton


On a clear February day in Tokyo in 1987, Hong Kong-born idol and media personality Agnes Chan was preparing to return to work after the birth of her first child. Having received permission from her manager to bring her three-month-old son with her, Chan headed to the Tokyo television studio where she would be making her first media appearance in several months, unaware that she was about to spark the “Agnes Controversy,” a contentious debate about the role of women, work, and motherhood in Japan.


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